Blues Music

  • January 1st, 1830

    January 1st, 1830
    The minstrel show, with its blackface performers, crude racial caricatures, and the song "Jump Jim Crow" becomes part of American popular culture.
  • 1867/ Slave songs published

    1867/ Slave songs published
    Slave Songs of the United States, the earliest collection of African-American spirituals, is published.
  • 1899 "Maple Leaf Rag" Published

    1899  "Maple Leaf Rag" Published
    Scott Joplin has now for the first time ever posted his first song "Maple leaf rag".
  • Black Music First Recorded

    Victor Records issues the first known recording of Black music, "Camp Meeting Shouts."
  • Bluesman Discovered

    Bluesman Discovered
    The musician W.C. Handy sees a bluesman playing guitar with a knife at a train station in Mississippi.
  • July 14, Folk Blues Debuts

    July 14, Folk Blues Debuts
    Ralph Peer, the famous Artist & Repertory man for Okeh and Victor Records, makes his first field recordings in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the recording debut of both the folk blues and what will later be called country music.
  • First Folk Blues Records

    First Folk Blues Records
    The first male folk blues records, featuring singers Papa Charlie Jackson and Daddy Stovepipe, are created.
  • Great Depression

    The Wall Street Crash of 1929 begins on Black Thursday, signaling the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Amid widespread economic ruin, sales of records and phonographs plummet, crippling the recording industry.
  • Jump Blues

    Jump Blues
    A danceable amalgam of swing and blues and a precursor to R&B.
  • Electric Guitar Introduced

    Electric Guitar Introduced
    Eddie Durham records the first music featuring the electric guitar.
  • Muddy Waters and Chicago Blues

    Muddy Waters and Chicago Blues
    Muddy Waters makes his first Chicago recordings, beginning his tenure as the dominant figure in the Chicago blues and a key link between the Mississippi Delta and the urban styles.
  • Elvis Debuts

    Elvis Debuts
    Elvis Presley makes his recording debut on Sun Records with a version of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's "That's All Right."
  • The Country Blues

    Samuel Charters publishes The Country Blues, fueling the blues element of the folk music revival.
  • White Fan Base

    The Blues Had a mostly white Fan base at the time.
  • "Year of the Blues" Declared

    Congress declares 2003 the "Year of the Blues," commemorating the 100th anniversary of W.C. Handy's encounter with an unknown early bluesman at a train station in Mississippi.